In short: This was my first marathon after only 10 hours training in the last 2 months... In full: But I tell you what, it was brilliant! And thank you to the seasoned guys on the bus upstairs with over a hundred to their name - you set the day off nicely. I can't fault it... or maybe to say it should be described on this site as hilly, not undulating!! A hard course for me as a novice but a respectable 4.45, and yes, it has got me hooked.... sunny good October running weather too... Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Mile 6 omg!! But what a great course! In full: This was my second half - the first being 2 weeks before at The Great North Run. This was definately more challenging, and I made a small error in pushing myself too hard on the first half (where the hills are!) which left little in the tank for me for the second so I was 10 mins slower... having said that it was full of variety - steep, down hill, flat, built up, park, country, village - spectators friendly, volunteers smiley!!
Only improvements (minor) - I was 5 mins late to start as I was in the toilet queue - I had no idea where the finish was so it would have been good to have a count down from the car park bend at the end because I couldn't work out when to start my finish 'kick' and I kicked too soon. Also, one thing I loved at the GNR was a handout of vaseline - I forgot mine - it would be handy to have a small stall at the beginning for basic essentials (and raise some cash) for vaseline, safety pins, kendal mint cake etc!!And any chance of the t-shirts having "Great Cumbrian Run" printed on them? I would like to prove that I did it, and it would be great advertising when I am wearing it on my training runs, if I ran with the medal I would look silly :-)!
But finally - thank you so much to Mike and all the volunteers!! It was a great day!!! See you in 2009!! Date of review: October 20, 2008